By: Jared Evan
We are greeted every single day in NYC with grim news about drive by shootings, brutal assaults, rapes, and wild protest scenes all over NYC. In the subterranean world of the NY subway system the crime is just as out of control as the streets above ground.
MTA Chairman Pat Foye appeared on the popular local news radio show The Cats Roundtable on WABC 770AM
“The NYPD has had its plate full the last couple of months. And as a result of that … felony assaults on the subways in the last 30 days were up approximately 30 percent”, he said on the program.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed a 30 percent year-over-year jump in felony subway assaults in the three week period starting June 28 and ending July 17 — as the city saw a surge in shootings and cops faced violent protests, according to the NY Post.
In June, only 905,000 passengers rode the subways, compared with more than 5.6 million last year in June, according to the NY Post. So, there are far less people riding the trains and almost identical amounts of crime compared to 2019. Last month saw 19 felony assaults in the subways, compared to 22 during June of the previous year, stats show. However, there were over 4 million less riders, so essentially the subway is far more dangerous.
Even more alarming, is the fact that the subway is still closed between 1-5AM every day.
The general vibe of the city has turned from a bustling town filled with commuting workers and tourists, to next to zero tourism and far less people actually leaving their homes to work, thanks to the pandemic. Add thousands of angry anarchists and anti-police activists, and you have a volatile and vulnerable city, on the verge of collapse.
The NY Post pointed out: The pandemic’s first five weeks saw three murders in the subway system; now comes a fourth, the gruesome death of 57-year old Dwayne “Bilal” Brown, pushed to the subway tracks and killed by a train as he tried to break up a fight on a Harlem platform this month.
There is a steady pattern of de-policing the subways. This is part of the progressive city council’s policies.
Last June, police arrested, rather than summonsed, 218 people for fare evasion — an action they take only when a fare-evasion suspect will not cooperate or is arrested in conjunction with other charges, such as weapons possession. This June, the grand total of fare-evasion arrests was … one, Nicole Gelinas, City Journal Editor pointed out.
Vandalism has also exploded in the subway system. This increase can be attributed to the laxation of rule enforcement which started before the pandemic. Progressive activists demanded the police to stop enforcing fare evasion, and the lawlessness has quickly spread. Gelinas pointed out in a recent op-ed:
For the first half of the year, the Daily News reports, the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recorded 485 smashed windows, costing nearly $300,000, including 47 destroyed on just one July day. The MTA has also lost $1.2 million worth of digital-screen property to vandalism this year. That money could have been used for a myriad of other things, with a broke transit system, one can easily see how progressive polices are a disaster for the public at large in every aspect, financially and safety wise